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May 19, 2012 posted by Nick Raducanu

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes 5/20

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Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays SP

Each and every day, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports to make sure you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. Make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league.

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Looking Back

Before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify the Studs and Duds from Saturday, May 19th.

5 Good Nights

  • Brandon Morrow: 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 8 K’s, W
  • Clayton Kershaw: 9.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 4 K’s, W
  • Ryan Vogelsong: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K’s, W
  • Andrew McCutchen: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • B.J. Upton: 2-3, R, 2 Steals

Honorable Mention: Nyjer Morgan(or is it Tony Plush? I can never keep that straight…), Matt Joyce, Erick Aybar, David Murphy, Joey Votto, Billy Butler, Dayan Viciedo, Kyle Seager, David Ortiz, Adam Jones, Alfonso Soriano, Jayson Nix, Justin Maxwell, Anibal Sanchez, Jason Vargas, Alex Cobb, Eric Stults, Bruce Chen, John Danks, Jake Westbrook, Jeanmar Gomez, A.J. Burnett, Yovani Gallardo, Lucas Harrell, Carl Pavano

5 Bad Nights

  • Sean Marshall: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 K
  • Joe Blanton: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 4 K’s
  • Ian Kennedy: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, BB, 3 K’s
  • Bryce Harper: 0-5
  • Ian Kinsler: 0-5

Dishonorable Mention: Rickie Weeks, Alexi Casilla, Denard Span, Alex Liddi, Christian Friedrich, Grant Balfour, Ross Detwiler, Jim Johnson, Francisco Lopez, Derek Holland, Randall Delgado, Drew Smyly, Ivan Nova, Jason Hammel, Ryan Dempster, Jon Lester

Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.

  • After two days of no closer news, Sean Marshall made things interesting by allowing two earned runs before Jose Arredondo came on to rescue him for the save. Reds manager, Dusty Baker, alluded to the fact that he may turn to Aroldis Chapman to fill the closer’s role, so this situation could get very interesting sooner rather than later.
  • Allen Craig has returned to the disabled list with a left hamstring strain and will be out until at least June 1st.
  • Lance Berkman left the Cardinals game with a right knee injury after stretching out to take a throw at first base. More news to come on this one, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he joined Craig on the DL.
  • Jordan Schafer left the Astros game with an injured right ankle last night. X-rays came back negative, and his condition will be updated Monday after further testing.
  • Trout/Harper Watch: With two of baseball’s best prospects being called-up recently, I’m going to dedicate this space to keeping tabs on the youngsters for the near future. Here’s to hoping that you were able to grab one (or both)!
    Bryce Harper: Harper went 0-5 last night. (.230, 11 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 Steal on the season).
    Mike Trout: Trout went 1-4 with an RBI last night. (.333, 13 Runs, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 Steals on the season).

Looking Ahead

A quick look at some of today’s pitchers to start (3 Up), pitchers to sit (3 Down), pitchers to take a flier on if you need a spot-start (Throwing Darts), and batters with advantageous or disadvantageous matchups (Today’s Swings and Misses).

3 Up

Zack Greinke vs. Minnesota Twins
Greinke (4-1, 2.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 53 K’s) is coming off two-straight shutouts and has the benefit of facing a weak Twins offense that ranks 24th in the Majors in runs scored. Still not convinced? Well, if the fact that he’s only allowed four earned runs in 28 innings pitched at home this year (1.28 ERA), then I don’t know what else to tell you.

Stephen Strasburg vs. Baltimore Orioles
If Strasburg (3-1, 2.25 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 56 K’s) misplaces more “Hot Stuff” ointment near his nether regions before his start again, all bets are off here. Otherwise, I’m seeing only good things to come for the Nats’ young ace and his 10.50 K/9 IP today.

David Price vs. Atlanta Braves
Price (6-2, 3.10 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 45 K’s) has allowed eight runs in his last 14 innings, but those two starts also came against two really tough lineups (Yankees and Blue Jays).  More relevant to today, he’s been stellar at home so far this year as he’s held opponents to a .160 batting average against while only allowing three earned runs (1.16 ERA) in 23.1 innings pitched.

3 Down

Josh Beckett at Philadelphia Phillies
I’ll try and get through this blurb without mentioning golf (whoops!), but Beckett (3-4, 4.97 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 35 K’s) has looked borderline atrocious this year and is facing a Phillies team today that put up five runs in six innings against him last year.

Johnny Cueto at New York Yankees
It’s tough to recommend sitting Cueto (4-1, 1.89 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 33 K’s), but I’d have a tough time recommending Sandy Koufax on the road against the Yankees (OK, maybe that’s a stretch). This is one of those instances where I’d much rather be wrong and miss out on a good start than take a risk and suffer the consequences in my ERA and WHIP categories.

Tim Lincecum vs. Oakland Athletics
If Lincecum (2-3, 5.77 ERA, 1.56 ERA, 48 K’s) is going to turn this around this season, this is the perfect start to do so as he’s 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA in his career against the A’s. That being said, his fastball velocity has dropped a full FIVE miles per hour from 2008 and I’d like to see a few good starts out of “Big Time Timmy Jim” before I pencil him into my lineup.

Throwing Darts

Ervin Santana at San Diego Padres
Remember when Santana (2-6, 4.36 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 39 K’s) had a slow start to the season? Well, you could pretty much write that about him every season and the more pertinent information is that he’s only allowed five runs in his last 23 innings (1.96 ERA) while striking out 20 batters in that span. The Padres weak offense (29th in the Majors in runs scored) doesn’t hurt Santana’s chances today either.

Wei-Yin Chen at Washington Nationals
Wei-Yin Who? Chen (4-0, 2.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 32 K’s) has been a revelation this season and has yet to allow more than three runs in any of hit seven starts so far this year. Making this start even more appealing is the fact that the Nationals have struggled to score runs this season (28th in the Majors).

Anthony Bass vs. Los Angeles Angels
Outside of a six run blowup against the Florida Miami Marlins two weeks ago, Bass (2-4, 2.87 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 45 K’s) has put together a very solid season and has yet to allow more than three runs in any of his other six starts this year. He’s likely to come back down to Earth a bit as his K/9 IP rate is almost double his career norm, but I’m more than happy to enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Today’s Swings and Misses

  • Hanley Ramirez is 14-for-26 (.538) in his career against today’s starter, Derek Lowe.
  • Matt Holliday is 8-for-23 (.348) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Chad Billingsley.
  • Adrian Gonzalez is 7-for-13 (.538) in his career against today’s starter, Cliff Lee.
  • Justin Morneau is 5-for-29 (.172) in his career against today’s starter, Zack Greinke.
  • Joey Votto is 2-for-12 (.167) in his career against today’s starter, C.C. Sabathia.
  • David DeJesus is hitless in 11 career at-bats against today’s starter, Jake Peavy.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great content on FantasyPros911.com, starting with some of our most recent updates:

  • Playing a weekly game where you have to lock-in your lineup today? Look no further than Collin Hager’s Hit or Ditch for this week.
  • Markus Potter covers the top pickups of the week and assigns a dollar value to them in his weekly FAABwire column.
  • Chuck Anderson takes a look at the Reds’ catcher battle and let’s you know whether or not you should expect big things out of Devin Mesoraco this year.
  • Matthew Dewoskin tells you why plate discipline matters for fantasy baseball in this week’s Leaders and Laggards: O-Swing % Edition.
  • Dave Shovein is here to help you get a head-start on next week’s pitching matchups with the Week 8 edition of Double Starters.
  • The closer carousel has slowed down a bit (relatively), but that doesn’t mean you should skip this week’s Blown Opportunities by Matthew Dewoskin.
  • In one of my favorite weekly columns, Collin Hager uses his patented HVaC system to re-adjust his top 50 rankings.
  • Albert Lang is back with his weekly Hot N Cold Fantasy Baseball All-stars to help you get a sense of players to think about adding (and potentially dropping).
  • Don’t forget to listen to check out Editor-in-Chief, Patrick DiCaprio, and the crew on this week’s episode of The Fantasy Baseball Roundtable where we talked about closers, Pujols, and yours truly added a Mike Trout prediction to the Are You Crazy list.
If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.
Nick Raducanu finished 2011 ranked in the top 20 on ESPN’s Fantasy site, and is the mystery man behind the TraderX persona at www.FantasyTrade411.com. You can follow him and ask him for fantasy advice on Twitter @FantasyTrade411.

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